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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 206
  • ISBN: 1-933617-05-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Her Majesty\'s Dog Vol. #04

By Eduardo M. Chavez     February 07, 2007
Release Date: February 28, 2007

Her Majesty\'s Dog Vol.#04
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Takeuchi Mick
Translated by:N/A
Adapted by:N/A

What They Say
Hyoue Inugami is a powerful Koma-Oni - so powerful, in fact, that a spell of binding has been put on him! Hyoue can only remain Amane's guardian providing he never says the forbidden words... but the problem is, he doesn't know what they are! He'd do anything to stay by Amane's side, but one slip of the tongue could mean disaster.

When Amane agrees to take the role of Beauty in the school's production of Beauty and the Beast, Hyoue seems perfect to play the Beast - but what if the forbidden words are in the script?

The Review
If there is any reason why I have found HMD entertaining so far it has been how the mangaka uses the concept of the power of words in each mini-arc. Communication is so valuable, but with new forms of media I find it is easy to forget its relevance. Conversations get shorter with email and chats. Messages lose their nuances as we begin to talk less and text more. Blogs, turned into podcasts and then into vlogs and suddenly images are becoming more important than words. But those words out there must still mean something.

With that in mind I came into this volume wondering how Takeuchi would use that idea to finally advance the relationship between Hyoue and Amane. I mean as a reader I knew it was going to happen eventually. The two would have to come together. But Takeuchi does not make it easy at all. She turns the true power of words (the power we can see in reality) into something set in the fantastic world of this series. It works for me but I kinda feel that it was a bit of a cop out to extend a series that is already running a little thin on plot. Therefore, Hyoue would finally express his feelings for Amane possibly sending their relationship spiraling into some hellish nightmare that only a mana-tsukai could get out of. I could see the stereotypical over-dramatized romance scene now and I would possibly be turned off this series forever.

Takeuchi-sensei does not do that to me though. Hyoue does admit his feelings but Takeuchi uses comedy to work around the issue at first. She has done such a good job setting up the personalities so far that I never questioned this little gimmick. I found it a bit refreshing actually. And when Takeuchi does bring on the change and the drama that follows, that humor continues to help push that forward as well.

Takes a good mangaka to know the strengths of their work. Takes a better one to stick to that while also sustaining the existing themes and plot-lines developed through a four volume series. HMD continues to entertain and it does it on more levels than most people can imagine.


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